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The advent of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has transformed the way we interact with technology and has altered the landscape of many industries. One such industry that has seen a significant impact in journalism. With the rise of AI-powered news generators and automated newsrooms, the future of journalism in an AI world is a subject of much debate.

AI has the potential to revolutionise journalism in many ways. For instance, newsrooms can use AI-powered algorithms to process vast amounts of data and create personalised news feeds based on user preferences. This can provide readers with relevant news in real time and improve engagement rates. Additionally, AI can automate tasks such as fact-checking and editing, freeing up journalists to focus on more in-depth reporting and analysis.

However, the rise of AI in journalism also presents several challenges. One of the primary concerns is the potential for AI-generated news to be biased or incomplete. While algorithms can analyse data quickly and efficiently, they may lack the contextual understanding necessary to interpret complex events accurately. Additionally, AI-generated news can lack the human touch and perspective that journalists provide, which can lead to a loss of trust and credibility.

Another challenge is the potential impact of AI on employment in the journalism industry. As AI-powered news generators become more sophisticated, they may replace traditional newsrooms, leading to job losses. While AI can automate routine tasks such as fact-checking and editing, it cannot replace the critical thinking and investigative skills that journalists bring to their work. Some of the most important investigative journalism requires a personal touch to gain the trust of informants and show perspectives that are not easily available online. 

Despite these challenges, the future of journalism in an AI world is bright. The use of AI can help journalists uncover stories that may have been overlooked otherwise, and it can enable newsrooms to provide more personalised and relevant news to their audiences. Moreover, AI can improve the speed and accuracy of reporting, which can help journalists break stories more quickly and effectively.

The future of journalism in an AI world is both exciting and challenging. AI has the potential to revolutionise the way we produce and consume news, but it also presents several challenges that must be addressed. While AI can automate routine tasks and improve the speed and accuracy of reporting, it cannot replace the human touch and critical thinking skills that journalists provide. To thrive in an AI-powered future, journalists must adapt and embrace the opportunities that AI presents while continuing to provide the quality, context, and perspective that readers demand.

Dakota Bennett

St. Andrews '24

Dakota Bennett is a third-year at the University of St Andrews, studying International Relations and Social Anthropology. As an Australian that grew up in Paris, Dakota loves to debate different perspectives and is excited to discuss everything from the latest world news to the history of fashion trends. In her free time (see also: procrastination), Dakota is most likely baking cupcakes, facetiming her dogs, or dancing around her room to Hozier.